Time to DI:E – Dead Island: Epidemic Is Now In Open Beta
Company: Deep Silver
Open Beta for Dead Island: Epidemic has started, bringing an all-new PvE mode, weapon modification system, loot system rework & more. Join now at www.playdie.net

The zombie infested hack & slash action arena is now in Open Beta as Deep Silver unleashes Dead Island: Epidemic for all users to play for free on Steam.

Fans of both co-operative and team based competitive gameplay can now play the game for free on Steam and hence be part of the final stages of development.

With the Open Beta, Dead Island: Epidemic receives a major content update that includes the following features and improvements:

All-New PvE-Mode: Crossroads
Crossroads enriches the PvE experience in DI:E. It offers a bigger variation, higher replayability and more challenge, regardless of skill level. Both beginners and veterans get access to a mode where they canhave a lot of fun while at the same time unifying the game experience across both PVE and PvP.

Progression System Overhaul
Levels for individual characters have been removed: There is now a global character level that applies to each character and unlocks apply to each character once you reach a new level.

Crafting Overhaul
Weapon leveling and workbench levels have been removed and a new loot based weapon modification has been introduced: As they complete matches players can now earn weapon modifications (which are divided into rarity: common, uncommon, rare, epic and legendary) which offer progressively more powerful and unique gameplay altering perks.

Passive Skills
Character weapon expertise has been removed and instead every character now has a unique passive ability.

Loot System Rework
Smarter drop system has been added which ensures more guaranteed drops and less randomness.

The full extensive patch notes for the update can be found here.

Dead Island: Epidemic is a fast paced multiplayer action hack & slash where players will duke it out over supply points, using an arsenal of crafted weaponry, a bevy of devastating powers, and good old-fashioned teamwork. And yea, we’ve got zombies too, so there’s that.

Dead Island: Epidemic is available as a Free-to-Play PC title on Steam and features all the trademark elements that are part of a Dead Island experience.

Official website: www.playdie.net ;
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deadislandepidemic
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/diepidemic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/playdie
Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/222900/

About the Dead Island Universe
With Dead Island, Deep Silver has created a unique universe set in the clash of a beautiful paradise gone hell. The core of the universe is formed by the multi-million hit Dead Island, initially released in 2011, and the recently announced Dead Island 2. Focused on a seamless coop multiplayer experience, Dead Island 2 delivers first-person melee combat with dedicated RPG elements such as character development, looting and weapon crafting. More info on Dead Island 2: www.deadislandgame.com ;
The pc exclusive free-to-play Dead Island Epidemic adds a competitive component in addition to the co-op element as players can choose between teaming up to face the zombie menace in the 4 player co-op PvE mode Crossroads or they can alternatively choose to go up against other players and zombies alike in the 12 player, 3 team PvP mode Scavenger in a desperate fight for supplies, loot and survival. More info on Dead Island Epidemic: www.playdie.net ;
ESCAPE Dead Island is a third-person single-player survival mystery spin-off that unravels the origins of the zombie outbreak and tells the story between multi-million-seller Dead Island and the recently announced successor Dead Island 2. More information on ESCAPE Dead Island: http://escape.deadisland.com

About Deep Silver
Deep Silver develops and distributes interactive games for all platforms. The Deep Silver label means to captivate all gamers who have a passion for thrilling gameplay in exciting game worlds. Deep Silver works with its partners to achieve a maximum of success while maintaining the highest possible quality, always focusing on what the customer desires.

Deep Silver has published more than 200 games since 2003, including its own brands like the open world extravaganza Saints Row, the zombie action franchise Dead Island, the grim post-apocalyptic future of the Metro series and action packed role-playing from the Sacred world. Upcoming highlights from Deep Silver include Dead Island 2 and Homefront: The Revolution. Deep Silver also owns the development studios Deep Silver Fishlabs in Hamburg, Germany, Deep Silver Volition based in Champaign, IL, USA, and Deep Silver Dambuster Studios in Nottingham, UK. For more information please visit www.deepsilver.com

Koch Media is a leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products (software, games and films). The company's own publishing activities, marketing and distribution extend throughout Europe and the USA. The Koch Media group has more than 20 years of experience in the digital media business, and has risen to become the number one distributor in Europe. It has also formed strategic alliances with numerous games and software publishers: Bethesda, Capcom, Kaspersky Labs, NC SOFT, Sega, Square Enix and Koei Tecmo, etc. in various European countries. With Headquarters in Planegg near Munich/Germany, Koch Media owns branches in Germany, England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the Nordic regions, Benelux and the United States. www.kochmedia.com

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